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From time to time, the Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) is asked to distribute information on behalf of third parties. WRFN provides general information to self-advocates and families of children with special needs. The information provided on this website is not a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any resource, therapeutic method, or service provider. WRFN is not responsible for any information or services provided by third parties. You are urged to use independent judgment when considering any resource.

 


 

Caregiver Advisory Panel

The Change Foundation is seeking caregivers to join their Caregiver Advisory Panel.

 

The caregivers on the panel are regularly asked for their input and thoughts on some of The Change Foundation’s caregiver-focused ideas, tools and products, and are surveyed on different aspects of the caregiving experience on a regular basis.

 

Learn more about this opportunity here.

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Autism Ontario's Adult Newsletter - July 2019

Autism Ontario has shared their June 2019 Adult Newsletter. In this newsletter you will find information about:

  • In Your Words 
  • News, opportunities and research 
  • Employment
  • Community
  • Call for Community Voices

You can read the July 2019 Autism Ontario Adult Newsletter here

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In Her Shoes - Employment Training Program

In Her Shoes (Youth) is an employment program for female identifying, transgender and non-binary youth who are experiencing significant barriers to securing employment. In this program, participants receive technical training and work experience in the YW Kitchener-Waterloo bricks & clicks social enterprise store- In Her Shoes, where they sell new and used accessories and shoes. Participants will earning minimum wage, equivalent to 30 hours/week.


Participants will receive technical skills training in digital literacy, computers, operating systems and software, customer service and support, online business and e-commerce, retail work, point of sale systems and cash handling, marketing and photography. They will also receive support to develop life skills and employment skills, build their resume, and to secure employment upon graduation from the program in a related job area that interests them.


Eligibility:

  • Female identified, transgender, or non-binary youth between the ages of 15-30;
  • A Canadian citizen, or permanent resident or a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Participants cannot be in receipt of EI benefits;
  • In accordance with funding requirements, priority in hiring will be given to youth facing barriers to finding and keeping employment.

Program Details:

  • Program Time: Monday to Friday- 2 pm- 8 pm
  • Program Duration: Each session runs for 18 weeks at a time
  • Program Location: 84 Frederick Street, Kitchener, On
  • Bus Pass, work uniform, and dinner are included.

Session Dates:
Session 1: Starts August 6th, 2019
Session 2: Starts December, 2019 (Date TBD)
Session 3: Starts May, 2020 ( Date TBD)

 

Registration Information:
Eight participants will be selected to participate during each intake period. To apply for the program please complete the following two steps. If you need assistance, please contact us.

  • Step 1: Complete our online registration form at https://forms.gle/uZDh2fKpKd9mbQof9
  • Step 2: Once your registration form has been received participants will be contacted to schedule a follow up meeting to talk further about their application and receive a tour of the In Her Shoes retail store and work space.

For more information contact:
Jennifer Gordon Director of Youth Services & Entrepreneurship
Phone: 519-576-8856 x 215
Email: Jennifer.gordon@ywkw.ca

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WRFN Family Pulse - July 2019

In the July issue of Family Pulse you will find information on:

  • SEAC updates
  • The WRFN Family Resource Coach role
  • What's happening at WRFN
    • A New Chapter
    • Find Your Passion
    • What Does the 2019/2020 School Year Look Like? (information session)
    • The "Exceptional Swings" Golf Tournament 
    • Camp Day! 
  • Coffee Club update
  • Upcoming events in the community and beyond

Read the online version of Family Pulse here or download the pdf version

 

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Autism Ontario's Adult Newsletter - June 2019

Autism Ontario has shared their June 2019 Adult Newsletter. In this newsletter you will find information about:

  • News, opportunities and research 
  • Employment 
  • Community
  • Call for Community Voices

You can read the June 2019 Autism Ontario Adult Newsletter here

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Secret Agent Society: Operation Regulation – Trasdiagnostic Trial

Do you have a child between 8-13 years of age with Neurodevelopmental Disorders?

York University invites you to participate in a research study: Secret Agent Society: Operation Regulation –  Trasdiagnostic Trial.  
 
What is the research about?

This study is about a new program aimed at helping youth with neurodevelopmental disorders cope with their emotions and handle the day-to-day stressors in their lives using a variety of activities and tools, like an emotion focused computer game, cue cards, and parent and teacher handouts. 
 
What does participation involve?

Participating involves weekly 1-hour visits to York University where you and your child will meet with a trained therapist for one-on-one therapy. Your child will get to do an assortment of activities and play games (e.g., computer games, problem solving tasks, and role playing). The activities are aimed to help build emotion regulation skills. 
 
You and your child will also participate in research to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. 
 
There is no cost to the program, except for parking and travel to the university. 
 
I’m interested! What next?

For more information, please contact sasor@yorku.ca or Dr. Jonathan Weiss, Principal Investigator on the study, at jonweiss@yorku.ca
 
You can also visit the website at: http://ddmh.lab.yorku.ca/secret-agents-society-operation-regulation/ 
 
Limited space is available, so families will be contacted on a first come, first serve basis.

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Study for children aged 6-12, with ADHD and ASD

The Center for Pediatric Excellence is conducting a research study for children aged 6-12, with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Your child may be eligible to participate in a research study using a drug already approved by Health Canada. 

 

You child may qualify if they have been diagnosed with high functioning autism and ADHD. 

 

Qualified participants may receive study-related psychological evaluation(s), compensation for visit-related expenses and receive a Health Canada-approved medication to treat ADHD in children. Your doctor may continue to prescribe this medication on completion of the study. 

 

Contact Center for Pediatric Excellence at 613-726-7355 or info@cfpe.ca.    

 

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Confidential Market Research

Confidential market research occurring in several cities across Canada is looking for feedback from teens with ADHD and their parents - compensation of $175 to $225. 

The study will focus on their perspectives and thoughts on new therapies, and gaining insight into ways in which we can help improve the lives of teens with ADHD. Each duo that participates in this study will be compensated $175 - $225 for their time and help. The research is conducted in person and is not a group session but an individual interview with the parent and child.

This is not a sales presentation. It is strictly Market Research. It will give parent and child the opportunity to voice their opinions about this important topic. All information given is strictly confidential and the sponsoring client (a pharmaceutical company) of the research will not get any identifying information about any of the participant. The study is being conducted in several cities Canada.

Basic Qualifications
Parents:

  • Believes that medication plays a role in the ADHD treatment
  • May or may not be diagnosed with ADHD themselves

Adolescents:

  • Between the ages of 13-17 (recruit a mix of age ranges) – must be in High School or planning to attend in the fall
  • Must have taken medication for the treatment of ADHD for minimum 2 years during the past 5 years – they do not have to be taking medication today
  • Mix of genders if possible

90-minute sessions: 45 min interview with the parent followed by 45-min interview with the teen. Payment $225
60-minute sessions: 30-40-minute dyad (parent and adolescent together), then 15-20 minutes with the teen only. Payment $175

This session is being held in Toronto on June 24th and 25th.  

 

Contact info: 
dlabkin@marketresearch2go.com, 416-799-1496.

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A Team - June 2019 - Newsletter & Meeting Reminder

The A-Team is primarily run by individuals with Aspergers Syndrome, for individuals with Aspergers Syndrome, with some assistance from Waterloo Region Family Network. The goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment to meet fellow adults with Aspergers Syndrome [or ASD – level 1], discuss topics of interest, share experiences, and embrace our neurological diversity.

 

In the June newsletter you will find:

  • information about the June meeting
  • a "Quotable Quote"
  • ASD Resource/ Event Spotlight

  • information about summer break

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WRFN Family Pulse - June 2019

This month in Family Pulse we are discussing how to keep your child safe online. This is a hot-button issue for all children. Many of us did not have Internet when we were children, or were introduced as teenagers. The consequences of unsupervised Internet usage can be severe.

 

In this issue of Family Pulse you will also find:

  • SEAC Updates
  • Coffee Club update
  • What's happening at WRFN
  • Keeping your child safe online
  • Upcoming community events

You can read the June 2019 issue of Family Pulse online or download a pdf copy.

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